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The Best and Worst Places for Single Moms to Live

The Short of It

Personal finance website WalletHub has unveiled its 2016 list of the Best and Worst Cities for Single Moms, and Scottsdale, Ariz., came out on top.

The Lowdown

Single-mom families now make up one-quarter of all U.S. households. And with National Single Parent Day coming up March 21, WalletHub thought it would be a good time to identify the best and worst cities for single moms and their families.

Which one topped the best chart? Scottsdale, Ariz.

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To come up with the rankings, WalletHub compared the 150 largest cities across 17 categories, ranging from median annual income, housing affordability, and access to jobs to the number of playgrounds and price for babysitters.

In addition to Scottsdale, the other nine cities that made the Top Ten list of best cities include:

  • Madison, Wis.
  • Fremont, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Pembroke Pines, Fla.
  • Irvine, Calif.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Overland Park, Kan.

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Some other highlights:

  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual income for single moms at $46,856, which is four times higher than in New York, where single moms only bring home about $12,698.
  • San Francisco charges the most for a babysitter at $18.50 per hour, which is two times more than in Fort Wayne, Ind., where a sitter makes about $12.50.
  • Brownsville, Texas, has both the highest percentage of single moms with underaged children living below the poverty level (61.2 percent), and the highest percentage of single moms with health-insurance coverage (33.67 percent).
  • Lexington-Fayette, Ky., has the highest number of childcare workers for kids 13 and younger, while Las Vegas has the lowest.
  • And St. Louis, Mo.,has the highest number of childcareestablishments for kids 13 and younger, while againLas Vegas came in with the lowest.

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The Upshot

My own city, Philadelphia, came in at 130—yikes!—which placed it behind New York City at 112, but firmly in front of cities like Dallas (133), Chicago (137), and Los Angeles (146).

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